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Comune di Monteiasi
Monteiasi is located in Italy
Location of Monteiasi in Italy
Coordinates: 40°30′N 17°23′E / 40.500°N 17.383°E / 40.500; 17.383Coordinates: 40°30′N 17°23′E / 40.500°N 17.383°E / 40.500; 17.383
Country Italy
Region  Apulia
Province / Metropolitan city Taranto (TA)
 • Total 9 km2 (3 sq mi)
Population (31 December 2013)[1]
 • Total 5,583
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Monteiasini
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 74020
Dialing code 099
Website Official website

Monteiasi is a town and comune in the Taranto province in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. It has a population of 5,607.

Monteiasi is located in north of the Salento peninsula. The name "Monteiasi" derives from Ancient Greek 'monos tiasos' (literally "sacred area"), which has been inhabited since the 8th century BC.

The mayor is Panunzio Grottoli, since May 2015.

Physical geography[edit]

Monteiasi is located within a landscape of Mediterranean, with olive trees and vineyards.


Around the 16th century, a large group of Albanian refugees coming from the Balkans during the conquest of the latter by the Ottoman Empire settled in Monteiasi. At the end of same century, it was forced to leave their houses, because the archbishops of Taranto abandoned the Greek rite.

Monteiasi Dialect[edit]

Monteiasi dialect is similar to Salentino dialect, but it is also similar to Tarantino dialect. It doesn't use words from Arbëresh language,

unlike other neighboring towns.


  1. ^ Population from ISTAT